Downgrading to Windows XP Pro?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Steve5, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Steve5

    Steve5 Guest

    I want to downgrade because most of the programs i use dont work with Vista,
    and you get like 3 security warnings every time you try to run a program. The
    problem is that if i start my computer with my windows xp cd, it just says
    Starting windows after it loads some stuff, and when i load it up from
    windows explorer, it says that it has compatibility errors... Any help here?
    Steve5, Nov 19, 2007
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    Augustus Guest

    Boot from XP Pro CD, delete partition, reformat, reinstall fresh XP Pro. One
    assumes your data has been archived for reinstall after this....
    Augustus, Nov 19, 2007
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  3. Steve5

    Steve5 Guest

    But when i boot from the cd, there is no menu whatsoever, so it just goes to
    Starting Windows, then an error screen.

    Also, my computer is a dell inspiron 1300 notebook, if that might help...
    Steve5, Nov 19, 2007
  4. Steve5

    Augustus Guest

    Enter the BIOS (hit F2 on boot screen), change the boot sequence to boot
    from CD, save settings, reboot. Should now look to CD/DVD combo drive first.
    Augustus, Nov 19, 2007
  5. Steve5

    Steve5 Guest

    yes, but it still goes to starting windows and an error screen.
    Steve5, Nov 19, 2007
  6. Steve5

    John A Guest

    Check with Dell - your hardware or drivers may not be compatible with XP

    John A

    John A, Nov 19, 2007
  7. Steve5

    Mick Murphy Guest

    What do you mean by "when i load it up from windows explorer"?

    Explain all details.
    Mick Murphy, Nov 19, 2007

  8. You are not booting from the CD. To boot from the CD, you have to do
    *two* things:

    1. Start the computer with the CD in the drive.

    2. Ensure that the BIOS boot sequence is set to CD first.

    You haven't done number 2.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Nov 19, 2007
  9. Steve5

    Augustus Guest

    When you entered the BIOS did you change the boot order to CD first, did you
    save the settings on exit, and do you have a valid XP Pro bootable media in
    the drive? I've never seen a box that won't boot from the CD when set to
    unless there's an issue with the CD/DVD drive or valid media in the drive.
    Augustus, Nov 19, 2007
  10. Steve5

    Augustus Guest

    Unlikely since the Inspiron 1300 is an XP OEM system. It's only recommended
    for Vista Basic by Dell..
    Augustus, Nov 19, 2007
  11. Steve5

    Not Me Guest

    If you have not set the BIOS to boot from the CD/DVD drive first, you will
    get errors.
    Hit the F2 key during POST to get into the BIOS setup, in the boot sequence
    section, make the CD/DVD drive first on the list, then hit F10 to save.
    When you reboot with the XP CD in the drive, it should load the XP
    You can NOT install XP from inside Vista.
    Because MS considers XP to be a downgrade, the XP installer will not run in
    You have to boot from the CD, delete the Vista partition, then create a
    partition, format and install XP.
    Not Me, Nov 19, 2007
  12. Steve5

    Augustus Guest

    Apparently following simple instructions is not the OP's long suit....he's
    been given the exact same advice three times to no avail...
    Augustus, Nov 20, 2007
  13. Steve5

    mayayana Guest

    Maybe he's busy looking up BIOS. If I didn't
    know what BIOS was I'd be very confused now,
    since no one has explained it. Also, unless everyone
    happens to know that an Inspiron uses the F2 key
    then that's probably wrong. Most BIOSs are accessed
    via the Delete key.

    For Steve5 or anyone else trying to figure out the BIOS:

    The BIOS (basic input/output system) is information
    and settings for the hardware, stored semi-permanently
    on the motherboard and maintained by the PC battery
    when the system is unplugged. The BIOS is usually
    accessed by holding down Delete or a specific F key
    during boot, before Windows starts to load. A normal
    PC will usually show a brief message, like "Press Delete
    now to enter BIOS", during the early boot when it's
    counting memory and finding the disks. An OEM PC usually
    hides all of that information behind a company logo, and
    may not show any message.
    The relevant key should be listed in your manual if it's
    not onscreen. If you can't find what it is, try Delete,
    F1, F2, F8, F10 on consecutive boots. One of those should
    do it. (Though F8 is typically for safe mode and F10
    is often used for restoring the system to it's original
    configuration by re-installing Windows from files stored
    on a hidden partition.)

    Once in the BIOS, you can set a password, adjust
    which onboard components and ports are active, and
    set various other options. One option to set is the
    boot sequence, which is what order the various boot
    options should be checked by the system when booting.
    Typically, the boot sequence. or boot order, is 1st)
    floppy 2nd) CD 3rd) hd0 or first hard disk. That is, it will
    try to boot from floppy first. If that fails it will check for
    a bootable CD. Then a bootable partition. If the CD drive
    is not set before the hard disk in the boot order then one
    cannot boot from the CD.

    To make BIOS changes, just use the arrow keys to
    navigate around the BIOS. Change anything as
    necessary. Then make sure that you choose to
    save the changes when exiting. Exiting is typically
    done via the Esc key, but there should be some
    minimal directions along the bottom of the BIOS
    screen, indicating which key will save and exit.
    mayayana, Nov 20, 2007
  14. Steve5

    Steve5 Guest

    Hmmm... I knew it was going to end like this... First, you DO press F2 to get
    to setup, Second, I set it so that cd drive in the boot sequence first and hd
    last, and still nothing.

    What happens when i boot from the cd is it says Windows setup is loading
    then it says something like Starting Windows.

    Also there is absolutely no traces of my old XP on my HD...
    Steve5, Nov 20, 2007
  15. Steve5

    mayayana Guest

    Hmmm... I knew it was going to end like this... First, you DO press F2 to
    If you had explained that clearly to begin with you
    could have saved several people from wasting their
    time advising you. In your first several posts you
    didn't confirm that you understood the boot sequence.
    And you never said that it first starts with "setup
    is loading". That seems to imply that it was booting
    from the CD all along.
    So it used to have XP on it to start with?
    If that's the case... Maybe someone else will have a
    better answer, but if it were me I'd format the disk,
    not using any Microsoft tools, but rather BootIt NG
    or some other flexible disk utility. Erase the Vista partition.
    Create at least one new, clean partition, then re-run
    the CD.
    Assuming that XP used to be on the notebook and
    there's no hardware compatibility issue, the only other
    problem I can think of is that Vista's blocking you.
    mayayana, Nov 20, 2007
  16. Steve5

    Dave Guest

    This is odd... a friend of mine called me last night. He is trying to
    reinstall XP on a Dell desktop, using the OEM XP disk. He cannot get it to
    boot off the CD.
    He said he had checked the BIOS re the boot order, but it still won't boot.
    I'll have to check with him tonight to see if he had any luck.
    Dave, Nov 20, 2007
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